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There's no way around it - quality shows instantly (well, perhaps to my overly sensitive eye).
Yesterday in the tram I saw a guy with an O&J, likely the simple Date, a grey model with golden indices.

You know, for that kind of money I always said - over 5K I would only buy something with exquisite decoration and finish, most likely with a decorated movement visible on the back. Ochs und Junior look (from what I've seen on the pictures up until now) to be on the, uh... rougher?.. side of things. Like the shabby chic of the watch world. Simple, earthy even.

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However, that thing looked so damn good on his wrist. I cannot stress this enough - it stood out. From about a meter away, I could almost feel the texture of the case, that of the dial, and marvel at the wonderful contrasting indices. I'm not sure if the guy felt uncomfortable because of my intense stare, haha (in case it was someone here, I apologise and offer my compliments :)).

Hadn't seen them live, ever, especially not in a normal setting. Anyway. Was just so impressed, I had to say it. Ochs owners, you can safely feel that your purchase was justified. And I am left to ponder whether I should re-evaluate the place their piece occupies on my list. Their personal approach and customisation just makes it much harder to resist as well...
 

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Very cool watches.
I haven't seen anything interesting on the trams lately.
 

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That was me (jk ;-)) . . . but you are correct in your assessment (biased of course) . . .
 

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Probably was a resident of Uhrforum then (can't imagine anyone happening upon the place by accident), was in Zurich.

The design seems to be quite universal as well, fits lots of different colours and occasions. Maybe a visit to the shop would be interesting...
 

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I'm also quite biased, but also agree that you're correct in your thoughts in ochs und junior.

My personal favourite piece, and the only one (other than my Sinn as it was gifted to me) that I won't sell.

Go visit Beat and the crew, you won't be disappointed.









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Yep, both are 11mm.
 

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I'm also quite biased, but also agree that you're correct in your thoughts in ochs und junior. My personal favourite piece, and the only one (other than my Sinn as it was gifted to me) that I won't sell.Go visit Beat and the crew, you won't be disappointed.
Phunky Monkey, do you have any more pictures of your Ochs you'd be willing to post? Your design choices are really sharp. What did you choose for the hands and moon disk? Thanks!
 

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How is the sturgeon strap? Not sure if it classes it up or makes the watch look more casual and rustic?

Does it come through that you could wear it for business? Or is it purely a casual watch?
 

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Phunky Monkey, do you have any more pictures of your Ochs you'd be willing to post? Your design choices are really sharp. What did you choose for the hands and moon disk? Thanks!
Most definitely mate, here's a few more pics for you. Apologies for the delay, I was away over Christmas.

Thanks for the compliment! Thought long and hard about the design choices, and wouldn't change a thing. The hands and moon disk are both blue patina, just as the dial is. It varies with the light though, and the different depths help to accentuate each item and improve legibility.






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How is the sturgeon strap? Not sure if it classes it up or makes the watch look more casual and rustic?

Does it come through that you could wear it for business? Or is it purely a casual watch?
I love the sturgeon. I have two of them, one a very early strap which is quite dark, and much stiffer.

When I had the redesign of the watch done I had another sturgeon made as mine was a bit on the small side. The new strap is far more supple, and a different colour completely.

I actually utilise it as my dress watch regularly, and I think as long as your suit and shoes tie in with it then it's perfect. I thought it was dressy enough to let go of my Reverso, but I wouldn't call it a dress watch.

I think the deeper brown of the original sturgeon is probably more suited to black and navy, whereas the New sturgeon suits a light blue/tan type combo.

Below is an image of the old dial and early sturgeon strap.



And here is a good illustration of old sturgeon (far left) and New (middle).



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Would also like to see more shots with the Nebra dials.
I love the Nebra, but then it's definitely in pure casual mode.

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This is one of those watches I'd really like to see in person. In photos, I just don't 'get it'. I mean no offense to anyone who owns one, as I assume my opinion would change once seeing it in the flesh. Perhaps this says more about my perception of what a luxury piece should be, than what luxury truly means.

I don't know what would be more antithetical to this brand than a Manhattan boutique to show off their stuff. A Brooklyn store front, however....
 

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This is one of those watches I'd really like to see in person. In photos, I just don't 'get it'. I mean no offense to anyone who owns one, as I assume my opinion would change once seeing it in the flesh. Perhaps this says more about my perception of what a luxury piece should be, than what luxury truly means.

I don't know what would be more antithetical to this brand than a Manhattan boutique to show off their stuff. A Brooklyn store front, however....
I think that if they don't really sing to you in pictures, then seeing them in the flesh wouldn't change your opinion. A lot of people don't really get them, which I completely understand. It's not what we traditionally think about when it comes to luxury, especially within the watch realm.

For me though, creating a one-off piece that is hand made by a small team headed by one of the greats of the horological world feels like true luxury, but for others the watch itself may feel too industrial and not in-line with high-end traditions, and therefore it's provenance is null and void.
 
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I think that if they don't really sing to you in pictures, then seeing them in the flesh wouldn't change your opinion. A lot of people don't really get them, which I completely understand. It's not what we traditionally think about when it comes to luxury, especially within the watch realm.

For me though, creating a one-off piece that is hand made by a small team headed by one of the greats of the horological world feels like true luxury, but for others the watch itself may feel too industrial and not in-line with high-end traditions, and therefore it's provenance is null and void.
Perfectly said, you either get it or you don't, nothing wrong either way!!!!
 

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I think that if they don't really sing to you in pictures, then seeing them in the flesh wouldn't change your opinion. A lot of people don't really get them, which I completely understand. It's not what we traditionally think about when it comes to luxury, especially within the watch realm.

For me though, creating a one-off piece that is hand made by a small team headed by one of the greats of the horological world feels like true luxury, but for others the watch itself may feel too industrial and not in-line with high-end traditions, and therefore it's provenance is null and void.
Agreed. The photos of these watches do capture the essence of the watch, unlike some watches that simply don't photograph accurately or well enough to form an opinion about them without seeing them in person. Which isn't to say it wouldn't be helpful to see one on your wrist before buying, but that's simply not an option with ochs.

There is definitely variance due to the handmade dial process--mine also is the blue patina, but it looks less blue than yours, at least judging from the photos.
 
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